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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces run for president

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NEW YORK — NYC’s 109th mayor officially entered the 2020 race for president by posting a video on YouTube. Mayor Bill de Blasio is joining more than 20 other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

His slogan is “Working People First.”


The mayor and his wife will appear on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning to talk about the announcement.

De Blasio, who is in his second term and sixth year as mayor, is expected to travel to Iowa on Friday.

A Quinnipiac University poll back in April found that 76 percent of New Yorkers do not think de Blasio should run for president. The same poll found that 47 percent of respondents thought a de Blasio campaign would be bad for New York City.

“The first reaction is what, is he kidding?”, said Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf. “But you know what, other mayors have tried and they’ve also been forgotten by history. This guy has one big achievement in New York City, it’s universal Pre-K and that’s a big deal. So can he run on that nationally? Not impossible. Will it work? The real strategy, wait till the left collapses and hope that he can pick up the pieces.”

De Blasio will look for a boost in three of the key early voting states.
In Iowa, where union votes matter, the mayor is pro-labor.

New Hampshire is close to his hometown of Boston.

And South Carolina is a state with a sizable number of black voters, a group he performs well with.

If he can survive until then, the field may have winnowed considerably. And polls have been wrong about him before. “Bill de Blasio has never been a front runner in any race he’s been involved in,” said Sheinkopf. “He was a mayor by accident. He should’ve lost according to polls. Ditto for public advocate. He’s prepared to take risks.”

Following the stop in Iowa Friday, sources say the mayor will head to South Carolina over the weekend.
NYCHA residents are planning to protest outside the Good Morning America studios Thursday, saying they will call on the mayor to fix the public housing authority and solve the crisis of affordable housing in New York City.

De Blasio is not the first NYC mayor to run for president.

Back in 1972, when he was still mayor, John Lindsay launched a bid for the White House. After he left office, Rudy Giuliani ran for the Republican nomination. Neither candidate did well in the early voting states.

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